The Pixbae—another of its many names—is a tropical fruit that is grown abundantly in mountain regions and remote areas of Panama. It has been recognized by renowned chefs as “the noble Panamanian fruit,” because 92 percent of its skin, pulp and seed are usable. When we were growing up in Changuinola, we called this fruit “pifá”. My mother would cook an abundant amount that would last more than a week. It was a regular fruit on our table.
Analysis performed by experts has confirmed that as food, it’s the tropical fruit that’s the most balanced and nourishing. It contains more protein than the avocado, has twice the protein value of the banana, and its nutritional value is comparable to the hen’s egg but without the cholesterol.
Whenever the opportunity arises we do buy a couple of pifás to eat for breakfast. They sell at a price of three pifás for a quarter for the small ones, or three for fifty cents for the big ones. We prefer the small ones—they are softer and tastier.
And now you know the name of a noble Panamanian food. Good Day.